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scar (one) for life
To leave an indelible impression upon one's memory or psyche for the rest of one's life. Often used in passive constructions. Seeing her parents die in such a terrible manner scarred the poor girl for life. I hope such a traumatic event like that won't scar him for life!
1. To leave a scar (in place of some wound) after healing. Thankfully the incision isn't very noticeable after it scarred over. That cut is going to scar over if you don't stop picking at that scab!
2. Of some painful event, to stop hurting in one's heart, especially in a way that does not confront or resolve the painful emotions. Just when I think the death of my daughter has finally started to scar over, that I'll finally stop grieving every second of every day, something reminds me of her and the pain comes rushing back as intense as ever. His broken heart eventually scarred over, but it left him cold and distrustful of ever giving his love so fully to anyone ever again.
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[for an injury] to form and leave a scar. The wound will scar over, but your arm will never be the same as it was before the accident.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.